Vitality undefeated so far in Los Angeles, rest of group stage wide open
With the latter half of day one at cs_summit 4 over, Vitality are now on top of the board, with the rest of the group stage still wide open as everyone apart from Ghost have at least one win to their name.
After clinching a 2-0 record over Ghost at the beginning of the day, Vitality took on NRG in their second set of matches, with the first map, Nuke, looking tightly contested from the start as neither side were able to gain a clear advantage. A 7-8 offensive half wasn't enough for the Frenchmen to finish off the North American side in regulation, but a key performance from Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt saw Vitality secure the win after double overtime.
Inferno followed and that was a clear-cut affair, as this time powered by Alex "ALEX" McMeekin's strong showing on the defense, the French squad secured a comfortable 10-5 half. NRG couldn't find their footing when they got to the CT side, as Vitality quickly reached match point and emerged victorious at 16-7 to take the lead in the group stage.
Renegades, who are playing the tournament with Owen "smooya" Butterfield once again standing in for Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai, took the stage next to finish off day one with four matches in a row, first taking on one of the event's favorites, ENCE.
The Finns looked in the driving seat at the beginning of Train, grabbing a 10-5 half on the less-favored T side. Surprisingly, Renegades put together an even more impressive offense, with a 7-0 streak at the beginning of the second half giving them the necessary edge to finish off the first map in close fashion at 16-14.
The second map, Mirage, saw the two sides go blow for blow early on, with ENCE taking the one-round lead on the back of their defense, with Aleksi "allu" Jalli and Jere "sergej" Salo eventually leading them to a 16-12 win, much thanks to a half-buy triumph in the fifth round of the second half.
The Australian team moved on to face NRG next. Once again playing Mirage, Aaron "AZR" Ward's team found themselves up against the wall when the Terrorist side didn't go their way despite a good start. Damian "daps" Steele & co. managed to turn the double-digit scoreline in the first half into their first victory at the Summit, with Renegades still giving them a scare equalizing the map at 13-13.
This time around, Train wasn't successful for Renegades, either. Although the two teams were at one point tied at 5-5, NRG pulled away with a 10-5 half on the offense and, unlike ENCE, didn't let their opponents come back with a swift 16-8 victory.
After day one of the round-robin group stage, the standings currently look as follows, with Ghost being the only team without a win to their name: